Remarkable collectors have contributed specimens to the Museum's bird skin collection, including prominent historic figures such as John James Audubon (1785-1851), John Gould (1804-1881), Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and Alfred Russell Wallace (1823-1913).
Many lesser-known people have also contributed significantly to the collection, such as Allan Octavian Hume (1829-1912), Robert Swinhoe (1836-1877) and Alfred Everett (1848-1898).
Explore some of the stories and specimens surrounding these characters and their expeditions.
Find out about both Charles Darwin's and Captain FitzRoy's collections aboard the famous vessel.
Learn about Alfred Russel Wallace's prolific bird collecting expeditions in the Amazon Basin and Malay Archipelago.
Read more about the single largest bird collection given to the Museum, from studies on the Indian sub-continent.
Explore the Museum's collections of hybrid, abnormally-coloured, and sex-reversed birds.